VDI client features comparison

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The Zoom meeting client for VDI has similar features and functionality compared to its other solutions, but it also has some key differences. 

Note: This article provides a high-level comparison of the VDI client. See a detailed comparison between the desktop and web client

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How does Zoom VDI compare to Zoom on other platforms

 Feature VDI client Desktop client Web client
Recording Cloud only Local or Cloud Cloud only

Virtual Backgrounds and Filters

hardware permitting

Any camera, no green screen required, hardware permitting

Using third-party apps, hardware permitting

Sharing Desktop, apps, portion of desktop Desktop, apps, audio, camera, Airplay, portion of desktop Chrome (desktop, apps) Edge (desktop, apps), Firefox (desktop only)
Dual monitor mode    
Video participants Up to 49 visible at once, hardware permitting Up to 49 visible at once Active speaker
Video resolution

1080p max, 360 typical on thin hardware

1080p max  720p max
Breakout sessions

Computer audio (VOIP)

Zoom Phone

Optimized on all platforms (v5.9.0+):

*All Supported Linux Plugins


Optimized video screen sharing

Enabled through Registry


Limited set of reactions  

Screen capture


Push to talk 


HID functionality on Jabra headsets


Sharing multiple applications at once


Archive meeting

Windows, Mac, and Linux  

Share computer audio


7x7 gallery view


Language interpretation


Drag and move video in wall view




Immersive Scenes


Supports simultaneous meetings

2nd meeting in fallback


Dual Cameras


Production Studio


Webinar Backstage/Greenroom


How Zoom VDI is optimized

In the most optimal case, the media plugin will offload video encoding and decoding and communicate over the network directly to the Zoom cloud, bypassing the VDI infrastructure. Control information such as authentication and window location is always sent over the VDI channel. 


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